Oct 4, 2012 7:00am PDT
the idea of someone matching to govern despite the other party working against him, someone managing a tough political environment and in other words they heard a template from mitt romney doing what barack obama has failed to do in the last four years. so the fact that mitt romney got to talk about a record of bipartisanship that, yes, did produce a health care law in massachusetts, but also put massachusetts number one in the country in educational rankings, that's all to the good for mitt romney. and many americans did not process that information until last night. >> this was by most accounts, and i'm sure you heard this too, congressman, the most policy-oriented debate, maybe we've ever had. at times it was pretty wonky, especially for folks following it so closely may not know dodd frank and some of the specifics they talked about. and there's also criticism of the format, that it was a little too open-ended. do you think that voters, just in general, took away something important from this or does this format need to be scrapped and to go back to the old where the buzzer hits?
Oct 5, 2012 7:00am PDT
that on these kinds of issues, big government versus small government, there is a distinct choice and it's not that hard to figure out who is for what in this presidential campaign, ralph. >> they're not going deep enough. we really have to renovate and repair america. that's the biggest jobs program. the schools, the clin i cans, sewage, water systems, public transit systems. good jobs in every community that cannot be exported. how do you pay for this $2 trillion investment that the american society of civil engineers has outlined? you pay for it by cutting the bloated military budget. you pay for it by getting rid of hundreds of billions of dollars of corporate subsidies handouts and bailouts and pay for it by returning the corporate tax system to the time of the prosperous '60s and you get out of afghanistan, stop being an empire, getting more political candidates on the debates, more voice for the voters. you know, give voters more choice. and this -- it's very interesting, 17 redirections for our country. most of them are supported by liberals and conservatives. there's a big -- >>